EFD partners with grassroots activists who are working to ensure that immigrant communities are successfully integrated into Europe’s liberal-democratic societies. We facilitate networking and joint advocacy on issues such as interfaith dialogue, counter-radicalisation, forced marriages and honour crimes.
EFD monitors how extremist ideologies promoting terrorism to achieve political or religious goals are spread within Europe through media, literature and religious teachings. We advocate in European capitals to ensure that laws against religious or ethnic incitement of violence are effectively enforced.
Europe's principles of defending equal rights and individual freedoms, and supporting political pluralism and respect for the rule of law, are under assault in the international arena, as well as within the continent's boundaries. EFD brings the voices of dedicated activists in other countries who are fighting against totalitarianism and illiberal ideologies, and on behalf of pluralism and tolerance, to the policy-making tables of the EU and the capitals of Europe, as well as to the editorial boards of major media outlets.
"Please use your freedom to promote ours." -Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese Democracy Leader and Nobel Peace Laureate.
“Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority”. Albert Camus
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. Article 1, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom”. 14th Dalai Lama
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves”. Abraham Lincoln
“There is no compulsion in religion.” The Koran
"You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea." Benazir Bhutto